The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met last night, among items getting public attention were two applications for home occupation permits. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report…
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission granted two home occupation permits last night, and even extended the length of both permits from one to two years.
Public comment was mixed on the permit renewal for Jonathan Zorawicki to sell firearms out of his home in the 55900 block of Skyline Ranch Road. Some said selling firearms from the home was a public safety issue, while others pointed out that even his neighbors had no complaints about his business in the past year. Later in the meeting, the planning commissioners had a consensus that home-based businesses selling fire arms should be restricted to parcels of one acre or more, and that permits should be extended to two or three years. In the other home occupation permit, Commissioner Warren Lavender was the lone vote against approving David Falossi’s home-occupation permit for his stone sculpture studio on Hoot Owl Trail. “I think it’s going to create a precedent that’s going to be troublesome in the future. It’s a double standard, one for artists, and one for the rest of us…. He wants to use heavy equipment. Everybody that comes out for a permit and they got some oddball thing that they’d like to call some art of some kind, is going to be able to quote Mr. Falossi’s proposal here as a precedent.” The planning commissioners voted 4-1 to grant the permit to Falossi, and also extended the permit to two years.